Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Now available from Sony BMG Masterworks is Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far, a four CD box set of recordings of Stephen Sondheim's music, including rare and previously unreleased tracks. The 81 tracks cover selections from Sondheim’s fifteen Broadway shows, film scores, TV specials and incidental music. Also included are some demo recordings from his private collection of songs cut from his shows or written for cancelled staged and film projects.

To celebrate the release, Sony BMG is hosting a podcast series with Stephen Sondheim, stars of his shows and other collaborators


Tuesday, September 30 Introduction to Stephen Sondheim

Tuesday, October 7 The Story So Far: Saturday Night/West Side Story

Tuesday, October 13 The Story So Far: Gypsy

Friday, October 17 Commentary: Patti LuPone on “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

Tuesday, October 21 The Story So Far: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Tuesday, October 28 The Story So Far: Anyone Can Whistle

Tuesday, November 4 The Story So Far: Company

Friday, November 7 Commentary: Elaine Stritch on “The Ladies Who Lunch”

Friday, November 7 Commentary: Paul Ford on “Another Hundred People”

Tuesday, November 11 The Story So Far: Follies

Friday, November 14 Commentary: Paul Gemignani on “In Buddy’s Eyes”

Tuesday, November 18 The Story So Far: A Little Night Music

Tuesday, November 25 The Story So Far: Pacific Overtures

Tuesday, December 2 The Story So Far: Sweeney Todd

Friday, December 5 Commentary: Angela Lansbury on “The Worst Pies in London”

Friday, December 5 Commentary: Patti LuPone on “The Worst Pies in London”

Tuesday, December 9 Commentary: Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou, Paul Gemignani on “A Little Priest”

Tuesday, December 9 Commentary: Len Cariou on “The Barber and His Wife”

Tuesday, December 16 The Story So Far: Merrily We Roll Along

Friday, December 19 Commentary: Lonny Price on “Franklin Shepard Inc.”

Tuesday, December 23 The Story So Far: Sunday in the Park with George

Friday, December 26 Commentary: Mandy Patinkin on “Move On”

Tuesday, December 30 Commentary: Stephen Sondheim on “Color and Light”

Friday, January 9 Commentary: Mandy Patinkin on “Finishing the Hat”

Tuesday, January 13 The Story So Far: Into the Woods

Friday, January 16 Commentary: James Lapine, Bernadette Peters on “Children Will Listen”

Tuesday, January 20 The Story So Far: Assassins, Passion, Bounce/Road Show

Tuesday, January 27 Away from the Stage: Writing for Different Mediums

Tuesday, February 3 The Story So Far


* - previously unreleased

Disc One

West Side Story
"America" (Marilyn Cooper, Chita Rivera, Shark Girls)
"Tonight" (Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence)
"Gee, Officer Krupke" (Eddie Roll, Grover Dale, Hank Brunjes, Tony Mordante, David Winters, The Jets)

"Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Ethel Merman)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
"Comedy Tonight" (Zero Mostel, Company)
"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" (Stephen Collins, Christopher Durang, Michael Rupert)
"There's Something About a War"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Hot Spot
"Don't Laugh"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Anyone Can Whistle
"Anyone Can Whistle" (Lee Remick)
"A Parade in Town" (Angela Lansbury, Ensemble)
"A Hero is Coming" (Stephen Sondheim)

Do I Hear a Waltz?
"This Week, Americans" (Carol Bruce)
"Perhaps"* (Stan Stanley)
"Everybody Loves Leona"* (Rose Mary Jun)

The Mad Show
"The Boy From…" (Linda Lavin)

Evening Primrose
"(If You Can Find Me) I'm Here" (Anthony Perkins)
"Arts and Crafts" (Anthony Perkins)
"I Remember Sky" (Charmian Carr)
"When?" (Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr)
"Take Me to the World" (Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr)

Disc Two

"Another Hundred People" (Pamela Myers)
"The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch)
"Being Alive" (Dean Jones, Company)
"Happily Ever After"* (Stephen Sondheim)

"Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" (Jim Walton, Howard McGillin, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Lee Remick, Barbara Cook, Liz Callaway, Daisy Prince)
"Broadway Baby" (Elaine Stritch)
"Losing My Mind" (Barbara Cook)
"I'm Still Here" (Carol Burnett)
"Can That Boy Fox Trot!"* (Stephen Sondheim)

A Little Night Music
"The Miller's Son" (D. Jamin-Bartlett)
"Liaisons" (Hermione Gingold)
"Send in the Clowns" (Glynis Johns)
"Night Waltz (Love Takes Time)" (Company)
"Silly People"* (Stephen Sondheim)
"Not Quite Night"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Pacific Overtures
"Welcome to Kanagawa" (Ernest Harada, Timm Fujii, Patrick Kinser-lau, Gedde Watanabe, Leslie Watanabe, Mako)
"Pretty Lady" (Patrick Kinser-Lau, Timm Fujii, Mark Hsu Syers)
"Prayers"* (Stephen Sondheim)
"There is No Other Way"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Disc Three

Sweeney Todd
"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" (Len Cariou, Company)
"Green Finch and Linnet Bird" (Sarah Rice)
"A Little Priest" (Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou)
"The Worst Pies in London" (Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris)

Merrily We Roll Along
"Not a Day Goes By" (Jim Walton, Ann Morrison)
"Old Friends" (Ann Morrison, Jim Walton, Lonny Price)

Sunday in the Park with George
"Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin)

Into the Woods
"Agony" (Robert Westenberg, Chuck Wagner)
"Children Will Listen" (Bernadette Peters, Company)
"Have to Give Her Someone"* (Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby, George Lee Andrews)
"Interesting Questions"* (George Lee Andrews, Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby)

"Second Midnight"* (George Lee Andrews, Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby, John Cameron Mitchell)

"Everybody’s Got the Right" (William Parry, Terrence Mann, Greg Germann, Jonathan Hadary, Eddie Korbich, Lee Wilkof, Annie Golden, Debra Monk, Victor Garber)
"The Ballad of Booth" (Victor Garber, Patrick Cassidy, Marcus Olson)

"Happiness" (Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea)
"I Wish I Could Forget You" (Jere Shea, Donna Murphy)

"Bounce" (Howard McGillin, Richard Kind)
"Isn't He Something!" (Jane Powell)

The Frogs
"Invocation and Instructions to the Audience" (Nathan Lane, Roger Bart, Greek Chorus)

Disc Four

"I Must Be Dreaming"*
Piano Playhouse (1948)
Cy Walter, Stan Freeman

"Kukla, Fran and Ollie": "The Two of You"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Saturday Night
"Class"* (Jack Cassidy, Ensemble)
"Love's a Bond"* (Arte Johnson)
"In the Movies"* (Cast)
"I'm All for You"* (Cast)

I Believe in You
Teleplay: Elaine Carrington
unproduced television musical
"They Ask Me Why I Believe in You"* (Stephen Sondheim)

Invitation to a March
"Incidental Music"

"Truly Content" (Stephen Sondheim)

The Thing of It Is
Screenplay: William Goldman
Unproduced film musical

"No, Mary Ann" (Stephen Sondheim)

The Enclave
"Incidental Music"

Screenplay: Jorge Semprun
"Auto Show"
"Arlette by Night"
"Theme (European version)"

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Screenplay: Nicholas Meyer
"I Never Do Anything Twice (The Madam's Song)" (Régine)

Screenplay: Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths
"Theme" (Jean-Pierre Rampal, Claude Bolling)

Dick Tracy
Screenplay: Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
"Sooner or Later" (Madonna)
"Live Alone and Like It"* (Mel Tormé)
"What Can You Lose?" (Mandy Patinkin, Madonna)
"Back in Business" (Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Lorraine Feather)
"More (End Credits)" (Madonna, Girls)

Singing Out Loud
Screenplay: William Goldman "Water Under the Bridge" (Liza Minnelli, Billy Stritch)


Joseph Gomez said...

Thanks for leading me to the podcast! These are great!

Esther said...

Wow, thanks. I'll definitely be downloading those podcasts.

Sarah B. Roberts said...

Esther, I hope you download the music first - the podcasts are merely to learn and further enhance appreciation for this one and only true Musical Theatre God.

Hula Hank said...

WOW! That sounds absolutely fabulous! You have know all the cool stuff! But what exactly is a podcast? I could never figure that out.

Sarah B. Roberts said...

Well, Hula Hank, a podcast is usually an interview, discussion or some sort of news item that is made available via iTunes so you can download it to your iPod for (usually) free - hence the word PODcast. In most cases though, if its news or some other site like Sony BMG, you don't have to go to iTunes to listen - just go to the site and enjoy the experience through streaming audio to your computer speakers.

Hula Hank said...

Excellent! I have never been up on the iPod, iTunes, iMac, iPhone thing so now it definitely makes a ton of sense!